5.1. Study Material

Précis and Class Outcome:  

The structure of the home and the roles of parenting have been placed into serious jeopardy. There is a striking difference between a sire and a father, or a dam and a mother. This class identifies the glaring differences between the two functions. After studying this class you should be able to identify these differences and give wise counsel to those misunderstanding their roles.

Text:   (Genesis17:1-2; Malachi 4:5-6; Luke 1:17)

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God [El shad-dah’ee](Genesis17:1-2) Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (Malachi 4:5-6) The fulfillment of the promise made to Zacharias is found in Luke 1:17. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.


5.1  Father/Mother as opposed to Sire/Dam  –  Not to be seen as synonymous

1.  Sire or Dam – The male whose sperm fertilises the egg; he that plants the seed. The dam incubates the seed and brings it to birth.

2.  Father or Mother – By definition a father or a mother is one that nurtures. One that take care of, instructs, supports and rears the child. Parenting has its roots in God. What we have today is a fatherless society. 

El – Strong One, Mighty Jehovah-Jireh – God provides

Elohim – Plural, God Jehovah-Rapha – God heals

Elelyon – God most High Jehovah-Nissi – God our Banner

El-Roi – God all seeing One Jehovah-Kanna – Jealous One

Elshaddai – Many breasted One Jehovah-Mekaddeskum – Sets 

Elbethel – House of God Jehovah-Shalom – Our peace

Elelohe Israel- God of Prince J Jehovah-Raah – Our Shepherd

Elgibbor – Mighty, Great God Jehovah-Hosenu – Our maker 

Adonai – Maker, Owner Jehovah-Tsidkenu – Righteous

Immanuel – God with us Jehovah-Shamma – Is Present

The word nurture means to suckle or supply with nourishment. Man is made in the image of God (Genesis17:1-2) One of His names is El-Shaddai. It is a contraction of two words, shad-dah’-ee and el. The word shad is a reference to a female breast. Literally, El-Shaddai means the almighty strong one, the many breasted nurturing one. Our Heavenly Father is the Almighty Nurturer. A parent that reflects the image of God must be a nurturer. 

5.2   Self Evaluation

Evaluate your parenting skills. How would your spouse rate you as a nurturer?